Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 27th – May 30th

Wilmington Weekend Guide

Music & Arts

4th Friday Gallery Night

4th Friday Gallery Night, a free monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more.

Friday, May 27th beginning at 6:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arts Council website.

Various locations in Wilmington, NC

Downtown Sundown Concert

The 11th annual Downtown Sundown Concert Series sets up across from the Riverwalk and this Friday’s concert features 42, a Coldplay tribute band. Beer, wine and food available (must buy a $1 wristband to buy alcohol). Opening act is Striking Copper. Rain or shine.

Friday, May 27th from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Wilmington Downtown website.

Downtown Wilmington
Princess Street and North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fireworks by the Sea and Live Music

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk hosts live music featuring Jack Jack 180. When the sun sets, stick around for a spectacular fireworks display over the shimmering Atlantic Ocean!

Friday, May 27th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the visitor website.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Cape Fear Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Monkey Junction Summer Concert Series

The Monkey Junction Summer Concert Series at the Home Depot parking lot features a performance by country band Chillin Dixie. Kids Zone includes bounce houses and putt-putt. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Step Up For Soldiers.

Friday, May 27th from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Home Depot Parking Lot
5511 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

Carolina Pine Music Festival

The Carolina Pine Music Festival takes place  at the Brooklyn Arts Center (516 North 4th Street), Satellite Bar & Lounge (120 Greenfield Street), and The Art Factory (721 Surry Street).

THE LINEUP: Friday at the Brooklyn Arts Center:
Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, The Phantom Playboys, The Coastal Collective, and the Randy McQuay Trio; Saturday at Satellite: Elephant Convoy, Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, The Umphs, Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts, Stray Local, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes, Justin Lacy and the Swimming Machine, Chris Frisina, Dylan Drake, and Fuzz Jaxx w/ Mac and Juice; Sunday at The Art Factory/Waterline Brewing: Secret Set Guest (show up to find out who it is), the David Dixon Trio, Tim Koehler Project, Jason Thompson, Folkstar, Downtown Darlin’, and Chasing Opal.

Friday, May 27th – Sunday, May 29th.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Various venues, see lineup above.

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

The Independent Film 5K

The Independent Film 5K at Greenfield Lake Park in Wilmington, NC, brings awareness to the cause of the movie industry in the Cape Fear area.

Saturday, May 28th at 8:00 am.
Admission is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Park
301 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Special Events

Boards and Brews

Cape Fear Games in Wilmington, NC, presents Boards and Brews featuring a BYOB event with a large variety of games — from Catan, Scrabble and Bananagrams to heavier strategy games like Agricola. Must be 21 or older to participate.

Saturday, May 28th at 6:00 pm.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit Cape Fear Games’ website.

Cape Fear Games
4107 Oleander Drive, D
Wilmington, NC 28403

21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest

The 21st Annual Orange Street ArtsFest convenes adjacent to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The event is the largest arts festival in the Port City featuring more than 80 artists and $550 in prize money and includes live entertainment and food from Catch, Poor Piggy’s BBQ, North Carolina Sweet Tea, and Snowy of the Carolinas. Hourly music and dance performances feature artists who perform or teach in the Community Arts Center including Anevay Dance Company, El Jaye Johnson, Flor-Y-Canto, Revolver Music and Rhythm & Grits. Thalian Association Community Theatre presents selections from its upcoming season of Main Stage Thalian Hall and Youth Theatre productions.

Saturday, May 28th – Sunday, May 29, beginning at 10:00 am both days.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Downtown Wilmington (2nd and Orange)
2nd and Orange Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401

51st Annual Memorial Day Observance

The 51st Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina  in Wilmington is a chance to remember those who gave their lives in service to the USA. The event features patriotic music by the Duke Ladd Band; guest speaker Christina Alvarado, Deputy Commande, Navy Medicine East; a 21-gun salute, taps, and more.

Monday, May 30th at 5:45 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Battleship’s website.

Battleship North Carolina
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Theater & Film

Mayday! A Sketch Show

The Fake Brothers present Mayday! (A Sketch Show)  at City Stage. Caylan McKay, Patrick Basquill, and the rest of the gang  take audiences on a theatrical journey filled with sketches, improv, and live music. Different Dollar (featuring Justin Lacy) performs at 7:30pm.

Thursday, May 26th – Saturday, May 28th, show begins at 8:00 pm.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the City Stage website.

City Stage
21 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Shakespeare Youth Company: Two Gentleman of Verona

The Shakespeare Youth Company presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona  at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington. Directed by Cherri McKay,Shakespeare’s prankishly sophomoric romantic comedy features privileged children mostly unsupervised by adults in a story about the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behaviour of people in love. Gates open at 6:30pm.

Friday, May 27th – Sunday, May 29th, Gates open at 6:30 pm, show at 8pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Movie at the Lake

The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features Minions  featuring the voices ofSandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and Michael Keaton. The comedy adventure animated film tells the story of a super villain who recruits three men to help her take over the world. Running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes. Rated PG. Film begins at dusk, and is subject to change.

Sunday, May 29th at sundown.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach Lake Park
Atlanta Ave. and S. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 13th – May 15th

Wilmington Weekend Guide May 13th - May 15th

Music

Sock Hop

Break out your poodle skirt and saddle shoes and twist the night away! This sock hop, sponsored by the DC Virgo Alumni, includes cash prizes for Best Costume, a Hula Hoop Contest, a Limbo Contest, and door prizes. Food and snacks available for purchase.

Friday, May 13th at$7.00 PM.
Admission is $15.00 – $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

DC Virgo Middle School
813 Nixon Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

St. Paul & The Broken Bones in Concert

Huka Entertainment and 98.3 The Penguin present Birmingham, Alabama-based soul sextet St. Paul & The Broken Bones in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater!

Saturday, May 14th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $28.00 – $32.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Theater

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks, the classic musical that ran for more than 50 years in New York City, comes to the Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall. The show, which features popular local actors, follows a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other.

Runs through May 29th.
Admission is $32.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Real Inspector Hound

Big Dawg Productions in Wilmington, NC, present The Real Inspector Hound  at Cape Fear Playhouse. The play follows two theater critics watching a ridiculous country house murder mystery. As it happens, they become involved in the drama, a series of events that parallels the play they are viewing.

Runs through May 15th.
Admission is $16.00 -$22.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Cape Fear Playhouse
613 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Food & Brews

Rare Beer Experience

The Rare Beer Experience at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce features more than 30 participating breweries pouring unique beers in an intimate environment, allowing attendees the opportunity to learn what makes these brews so special. Ticket price includes commemorative stemmed ware, a tasting notebook, locally sourced finger food, and bottled water.

Friday, May 13th at 5:30 PM.
Admission is $75.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
1 Estell Lee Place
Wilmington, NC 28401

24th Annual Greek Festival

The Annual Greek Festival at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is an event that attracts thousands from around the region and features food, music, dancing, a marketplace, cooking demonstrations, and church tours. Proceeds benefit the church and Good Shepherd Center.

Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Sunday, May 15th from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Admission is $3.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
608 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

The Beer Vacation

Breweries and beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather on Saturday afternoon for a sampling of over 150 fresh craft beers of all styles, and tastes and a whole lot of fun! All while raising funds for the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, WARM, INC.

Saturday, May 14th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Admission is $40.00 – $55.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
1 Estelle Lee Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401

Raise the Barn Farm Dinner and Benefit

Feast Down East hosts Raise the Barn Farm Dinner and Benefit at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This farm-to-fork event features food prepared by locally renowned chefs including those from 22 North, Catch, Ceviche’s, Chef and the Farmer, Hops Supply Co., PinPoint Restaurant, Plantation Village, Rx Restaurant and Bar, Surf House, and UNCW Campus Dining. The event also includes an open bar and desserts and live music from L Shape Lot.

Saturday, May 14th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $80.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

The Annual Chicken Dinner Fundraiser at Hampstead United Methodist Church includes chicken, boiled potatoes, green beans, sweet tea, and a roll. Proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 235.

Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Admission is $7.00.

Hampstead United Methodist Church
15395 Hwy 17
Hampstead, NC 28443

 

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

Centennial Marina Day

Soak up the sun and enjoy a day of boating at Carolina Beach State Park Marina! This event features classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards available.

Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

OrthoWilmington 5K

The OrthoWilmington 5K at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC, benefits and celebrates the achievements of the boys and girls in Girls on the Run and STRIDE of Coastal Carolina. Runners, walkers and strollers all welcome.

Saturday, May 14th.
Race admission is $15.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Port City Community Church
250 Vision Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Fundraisers & Community Focused Events

Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament

Got-Em-On Live Bait Club hosts the Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament at the Kure Beach Pier. The event, which draws close to 300 participants, provides a day of fishing and food for those with disabilities.

Friday, May 13th from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Got-Em-On website.

Kure Beach Pier
K Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament

The Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament at the Althea Gibson Tennis Center at Empie Park features men’s and women’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, and offers free head and neck cancer screenings.

Friday, May 13th – Sunday, May 15th.
For a schedule of event and to register, visit the event website.

Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park
3405-A Park Avenue
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tours & Sightseeing

Downtown Lifestyle Tour

The Downtown Lifestyle Tour in Wilmington, NC, features a view of cool lofts, townhomes and houses in the Brooklyn Arts District and other parts of the historic Port City.

Saturday, May 14th 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $15.00.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website.

Various Venues in Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Lifestyle TourGuided Architectural Walking Tour

The Guided Architectural Walking Tour begins at Forest Hills Elementary School and focuses on the area’s first automobile-oriented suburb. Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $5.00 – $10.00.
For more information, visit the Historic Wilmington website.

Forest Hills Elementary School
602 Colonial Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Bring the Kids

Pulling Back the Curtain: Special Effects Makeup

Cape Fear Museum’s Pulling Back the Curtain: Special Effects Makeup, offers visitors a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the film industry with award-winning makeup, special effects makeup and prosthetics artist Jeff Goodwin. Mr. Goodwin’s credits include David Lynch’s cult classic Blue Velvet, Rambo III, The Last of the Mohicans, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Empire Records, Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, A Walk to Remember, and War and Peace.

Friday, May 13th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the Museum’s website.

Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Ten Pin Alley Grand Re-Opening

Ten Pin Alley/Break Time Billiards in Wilmington, NC, celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of its completely remodeled facility with a live radio broadcast, giveaways, raffles, food, and visits from PBA Hall of Fame bowler Walter Ray Williams Jr., and professional billiards players Dennis Hatch, Earl Strickland and Ewa Laurance.

Friday, May 13th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Ten Pin’s website.

Ten Pin Alley/Break Time Billiards
127 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

El Galeon, the Visiting Tall Ship

The Visiting Tall Ship El Galeon, a 16th-century vessel, docks at the Port City Marina this weekend and is open for tours!

Wednesday, May 11th – Sunday, May 15th beginning at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $5.00 – $10.00.
For more information, visit the Wilmington Docks website.

Port City Marina
10 Harnett Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Carolina Strawberry Festival

In 2011, the Town of Wallace, lead by a core group of leaders, brought the “Strawberry Festival” back to Wallace after 50 years.  Each year, the Carolina Strawberry Festival has grown bigger and better.  Guests to this year’s festival can enjoy live music, vendors, games, rides, live karaoke, a daredevil dog show, and a Touch Tank from NC Aquarium.

Friday, May 13th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM and Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
For more information, visit the event website.

Historic Downtown Wallace
100 NW Railroad Street
Wallace, NC 28466

Festival of Basant

The Festival of Basant takes place on the lawn near McNeill Hall at UNCW and features aPakistani welcoming of spring with kite flying, native Pakistani dancing, and celebrating spring with traditions from both Pakistan and the United States.

Saturday, May 14th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

UNCW
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Family Science Saturday

Family Science Saturday at the Cape Fear Museum features Get Your Motor Running, a chance to investigate what happens between the ignition and the wheels when you operate an automobile. Guests can also explore the metal parts, wires and cables, tubes, and hoses that make a car move, along with different types of engines.

Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $5.00 – $8.00.
For more information, visit the Museum’s website.

Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 6th – May 8th

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: May 6-8, 2016

Music & Arts

Airlie Summer Concert Series

The Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series kicks off with Signal Fire. Concerts are performed in front of the famous Airlie Oak the first and third Friday of every month, May through September.

Friday, May 6th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $2.00 – $9.00.
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Ladies of Laughter

Each year the Ladies of Laughter hold a comic competition for the best emerging female comedians in the country, and the finalists hit the Mainstage at Thalian Hall. This evening features performances by Alycia Cooper, Robyn Fox, and Chris Rich.

Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $22.00 – $40.00.
For more information, visit Thalian Hall’s website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Big Something in Concert

98.3 The Penguin presents Big Something live in concert at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington. The six-piece alt rock, funk and jam band from Burlington, NC, was named Best Rising Artist of 2014 by Live Music Daily.

Saturday, May 7th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is $15.00 – $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Bites & Sips

Cape Fear Mix and Mingle

Stop by Ironclad Brewery for a showcasing of locally owned, family-friendly businesses! Guests can also enjoy  non-profit raffles, food, drinks and shopping.

Saturday, May 7th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Ironclad’s website.

Ironclad Brewery
115 North 2nd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival

The 4th Annual Wilmington Wine & Food Festival at Bellamy Mansion features local and statewide culinary masters, special guest chef dinners, bartender challenges, wine and food samplings, live music, and a food truck rodeo with local breweries.

Thursday, May 5th – Sunday, May 8th.
Admission is $15.00 – $85.00.
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the event website.

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

Green Thumb

National Public Gardens Day

Enjoy complimentary admission to Airlie Gardens on National Public Gardens Day! Visitors can also view the new Ribbit the Exhibit, a collection of more than 20 copper frogs by local sculptor Andy Cobb. Local writer Anne Russell will also debut her new book, The Mystical Magical Amazing Fantastical Gardens of Airlie (readings at 11am and noon).

Friday, May 6th beginning at 9:00 AM.
Admission is free!
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tulips & Juleps: Pop Up Market

Tulips & Juleps: A Pop-Up Market at Seaglass Salvage Market in Leland features indoor and outdoor vendors and a celebration of Mother’s Day and the Kentucky Derby!

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Seaglass Salvage website.

Seaglass Salvage Market
1987 Andrew Jackson Hwy
Leland, NC 28451

Get Moving (Or Just Spectate)

Grand Opening of the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville

Join the Town of Belville for the Grand Opening Celebration of the Boardwalk at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville. The event features live music, food, beverages, pirates, and free balloons for the kids. Come see the 1/3-mile long boardwalk, fishing pier, 1/2-mile nature trail, picnic grounds and more!

Saturday, May 7th from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the town’s website.

Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville
580 River Road
Belville, NC 28451

Cape Fear Roller Girls Double Header

The Cape Fear Roller Girls Doubleheader at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington features the team’s last home bout until September. Kids under 7 get in free. A portion of proceeds helps Paws Place, a local dog rescue organization.

Saturday, May 7th at 4:30 PM.
Admission is $5.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the Cape Fear Roller Girls website.

Schwartz Center
601 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Baseball: UNCW v. Charleston

In a Colonial Athletic Association clash, UNCW hosts Charleston at Brooks Field in Wilmington, NC, for a three-game homestand. GAME TIMES: Friday, 6pm; Saturday, 4pm, Sunday, 2pm.

Friday, May 6th – Sunday, May 8th. See game times above.
Admission is $5.00 – $11.00.
For more information, visit the UNCW sports website.

Brooks Field at UNCW
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

NCHS Teacher Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

The New Hanover County Schools Teacher Trot 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC, encourages wellness for students, staff, and the community. The 5K begins and ends at the track and loops around the Halyburton Parkway area around Anderson Elementary and Ashley High School.

Saturday, May 7th beginning at 8:00 AM.
Admission to the race is $10.00 – $30.00. Spectating is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy
Wilmington, NC 28412

River-to-Sea Bike Ride

The River-to-Sea Bike Ride is a 20-mile (round-trip) casually paced bicycle ride from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach on the Port City’s River-to-Sea Bicycle Route (Bike Route #1). All ages are welcome and registration is from 8-8:30am (for safety reasons, late arrivals will not be able to join the ride). Helmets required. Departure is at 8:30am from Bailey Park.

Saturday, May 7th at 8:30 AM.
Admission and spectating are free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Bailey Theatre Park
12 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fundraisers & Community Focused Events

Wilmington Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebrations

The Historic Wilmington Foundation 50th Aniversary Celebrations include a Student Art and Photo Exhibit (10am to 2pm at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street); a self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Residential District; a Tour of Landmark Houses; and a Ticketed Reception (6-8pm at New Elements Gallery, 201 Princess Street).

Saturday, May 7th.
For more information and event information, visit the event website.

Various Venues
Around Town
Wilmington, NC 28401

Derby Days

3rd Annual Derby 4 Dogs

paws4people’s 3rd Annual Derby 4 Dogs at Porters Neck Country Club is presented by Patricia Collie, First Vice President/Financial Advisor of Morgan Stanley, and features a Garden Party with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a live viewing of The Kentucky Derby. Prizes awarded for best hat and bowtie. Proceeds benefit paws4people.

Saturday, May 7th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is $50.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Porters Neck Country Club
8403 Vintage Club Drive
Wilmington , NC 28411

Kentucky Derby Party at Coastline Convention Center

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra hosts a Kentucky Derby Party at Coastline Convention Center featuring a chance to wear big hats and seersucker suits and view “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The other 178 minutes include hors d’oeuvres by Bon Appetit, bluegrass music by Massive Grass, a drawing for a 2016 Audi raffle, and the announcement of its 2016-17 concert season. Proceeds benefit the Wilmington Symphony and its youth education programs.

Saturday, May 7th at 5:00 PM.
Admission is $45.00.
For more information, visit Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s website.

Coastline Convention Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Kentucky Derby Party at Poplar Grove

The Kentucky Derby Party at Poplar Grove in Wilmington, NC, helps support its Animal Sanctuary and raise awareness for the efforts of the Cape Fear Equine League. The event features traditional Southern food, a simulcast of “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” plus attendees showing off stylish (and outlandish) hats, playing lawn games, and sipping Mint Juleps. Live music provided by The Phantom Playboys.

Saturday, May 7th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is $50.00.
For more information, visit Poplar Grove’s website.

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411

Bring the Kiddos

Family Farm Day

The Children’s Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Family Farm Day, a morning where kids can get up-close-and-personal with favorite barnyard animals including chickens and rabbits, plus pony rides, milk and cookie time, stories, and Gardening 101 with herbs.

Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Admission is $8.75 – $9.75.
For more information, visit the event website.

Children’s Museum of Wilmington
116 Orange Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

A Day on the Oleander Express

A Day on the Oleander Express at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington features a chance to ride on the Shriner’s ChooChoo for a fun-filled day of adventure with interactive and educational stops around the gardens. The event includes a model train display from Wilmington Railroad Museum, food from Trolley Stop Hot Dogs, Iron Clad Brewery, and more.

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit the Arboretum’s website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Lakefest at Greenfield Lake Park

Cape Fear River Watch presents LakeFest, an annual celebration of the history, plants, animals, and water quality of Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, NC. Attractions include face painting, casting clinics, fish identification, boat displays, games, live animals, eco tours, and displays.

Saturday, May 7th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Cape Fear River Watch website.

Greenfield Lake Park
301 Willard Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Movie in the Park

Enjoy a screening of Minions at Municipal Park in Leland! Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. No pets or alcohol, please. The film begins at sunset.

Saturday, May 7th.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Leland Municipal Park
102 Town Hall Drive
Leland, NC 28451

Family Fun Day

Cape Fear Museum educators and community organizations meet in the Museum Park for Family Fun in the Park, a chance to explore the sights and sounds of the natural world, get creative with art and poetry, and enjoy hands-on activities.

Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Cape Fear Museum’s website.

Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Wilmington

Ready for Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo arrives tomorrow and we’re ready to celebrate! While many celebrate with Mexican cuisine and a margarita (or two) the holiday really commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. If you’re looking for a good bite to celebrate, see our favorite Mexican spots in the Wilmington area below!

Cinco de Mayo in Wilmington: Our Favorite Mexican & Mexican Inspired Bites

 

1. Taqueria Los Portales

If you’re looking for simple, authentic tacos, most Wilmington residents will point you in the direction of Taqueria Los Portales. Don’t miss the tacos al pastor.

1207 S Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403. Find them on Facebook here.

2. Live. Eat. Surf. Restaurants

Live Eat Surf has locations throughout the Port City area including K38, Las Olas, and Tower 7. No matter how far you are from the beach, Live Eat Surf locations will make you feel like you’ve just walked from the ocean to a to a beachside hangout. Each restaurant offers unique Mexican and Tex-Mex inspired dishes with some Baja flair, along with great margaritas.

Various locations in the Port City area. Check out their website here.

3. Flaming Amy’s

Flaming Amy’s is a Wilmington classic, and for good reason. Customers can choose from a variety of specialty burritos, soft tacos, or nachos, or build their own with a wide range of proteins and ‘goodies’. You certainly won’t leave hungry. There’s also great folks behind this business: the owner, Jay Muxworthy, is being celebrated as a local hero after he recently risked his life while saving a woman from a burning car.

Locations in Wilmington and Carolina Beach. Check out their website here.

4. Wilmington Taco Factory

If you’re looking for delicious quesadillas and stellar service, Wilmington Taco Factory is the place to go to. The staff is helpful and friendly, and the restaurant serves sandwiches for those in your party who are more in the mood for American fare. (If you are, try the meatloaf sandwich).

1051 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403. Find them on Facebook here.

5. El Arriero Taqueria

This Taqueria is easy to miss, tucked off of Market Street and at the end of a shopping center, but it’s well worth the hunt. Enjoy their taco bar, variety of salsas, and kick-butt micheladas.

6932 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411. Find them on Facebook here.

6. La Guera

Another hidden gem in Wilmington, La Guera is also tucked away in a strip mall, but deserve high praise for their authentic Mexican dishes. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend the tamales and the carne asada torta.

6620 Gordon Rd, Wilmington, NC 28411. Find them on Facebook here.

7. Eatery 17

Don’t let the fact that there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options fool you, Eatery 17 offers burritos and tacos with serious flavor. The cafe also serves south pacific fare (try the pulled pork!) in addition to its southwestern offerings.

2547 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28401. Check out their website here.

8. Taco Point

Taco Point literally has the BEST carnitas tacos outside of SoCal. And they make their corn tortillas by hand in the restaurant. Enough said.

13732 NC-210 #100, Rocky Point, NC 28457. Find them on Facebook here.

9. Mama Rosa’s Bakery

This bakery has awesome Mexican pastries. Some of our favorites are the Marranitos (a molasses, pig shaped cookie) and the apple empanadas. And of course, the tres leches cake! They have a little tienda in there, too.

7316 Market St #6, Wilmington, NC 28411. Find them on Facebook here.

 

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If you have put serious consideration into buying a home, you should speak with a realtor about real estate options! If you have been watching your finances, if you are committed to your neighborhood, and if you are looking for a place to truly call your own, buying a home is a great option.


 

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: April 22nd – 24th

Wilmington Weekend Guide (12)

Music & Arts

4th Friday Gallery Night

4th Friday Gallery Night, a free monthly self-guided tour of galleries, studios and art spaces featuring exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, photography, glass, metals, wood, ceramics, mixed media and more.

Friday, April 22nd beginning at 6:00 pm.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arts Council website.

Various locations in Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Jazz Society Scholarship Concert

This jazz performance features vocalist Beth Crookham and the UNCW Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Jerald Shynett. Proceeds go to scholarships for Department of Music jazz students.

Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW
5270 Randall Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra Season Finale

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra is ending the season with Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant Symphonic Dances  from West Side Story and Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 2, a colorful early work brimming with American tunes.

Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $6.00 – $27.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website.

Kenan Auditorium atUNCW
515 Wagoner Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight brothers from the south side of Chicago, all sons of jazz legend Phil Cohran.

Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $22.00 – $38.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Earth Day

DIY Recycled Coasters

Learn how to easily recycle magazines for coasters that make a perfect home accent or gift! Bring used magazines, no special skills required.

Friday, April 22nd at 3:00 PM.
This is a free event.
For more information, visit the Library’s website.

Northeast Regional Library
1241 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Earth Day Seed Bomb Bonfire

Tidal Creek presents an evening of music, food from the Co-op Cafe, local and organic beer, a bonfire, and a DIY seed bomb workshop.

Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Tidal Creek Co-op Food Market
5329 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Preservation Celebration

Join Next Glass in downtown for hors d’oeuvres by Milner’s Café and wine and beer tastings provided by A Tasting Room. Proceeds benefit Bellamy Mansion Museum and Preservation NC.

Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $35.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Next Glass
21 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

4th Friday Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day at the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens featuring depictions of flora and fauna from the museum’s collection of 18th and 19th-century art. In tandem, the museum exhibits contemporary paintings of flowers and birds by local artist Roslyn Hancock. Hancock’s paintings will be on display through May 13. The historic items will be showcased on 4th Friday Gallery Night only.

Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Burgwin-Wright House Museum
224 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

Earth Day at Airlie Gardens

Join Airlie Gardens Earth Day Celebration featuring yoga on the Oak Lawn (8-9am; $10-$15) and a special All About Birds program with live birds from the Cape Fear Raptor Center (2-4pm; $3-$9).

Friday, April 22nd.
Admission to events is above.
For more information, visit the Airlie Gardens website.

Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

Earth Day Festival

Celebrate Earth Day Festival at Hugh MacRae Park with more than 50 environmental exhibits, drinks provided by Broomtail Craft Brewery and Noni Bacca; and food from La Bella Airosa and T’Geaux Boys food trucks. Guests can also enjoy live music and kids activities. There will be free water on site, so bring your re-usable water bottle!

Saturday, April 23rd from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Hugh MacRae Park
314 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Work on Wilmington

Work on Wilmington is the annual day of volunteering to help improve our community and features projects all over town.

Saturday, April 23rd. This is a full day event, register for a project here.

Various locations in Wilmington

Brewtastic

North Carolina Beer Month with Mother Earth Brewing at Fermental

Fermental celebrates Beer Month with Kinston, NC brewery Mother Earth Brewing, live music from the Keith Butler Jazz Trio, and the Vittles food truck.

Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Fermental’s website.

Fermental
7250-B Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411

NC Beer Month & Earth Day Celebration at Flytrap

Flytrap Brewing is celebrating  North Carolina Beer Month & Earth Day with special release beers, food trucks, and live music by Masonboro Sound (2-5pm) and Paleo Sun (8-11pm). Ride your bike to the brewery and get entered into a raffle. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local environmental group the Cape Fear River Watch.

Saturday, April 23rd at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit Flytrap’s website.

Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Get Out There (Or Just Spectate)

Wilmington Hammerheads vs. New York Red Bulls

Kick back and watch our home team take on the New York Red Bulls at Legion Stadium!

Friday, April 22nd at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $12.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the Hammerhead’s website.

Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

JROTC/ROTC 100th Anniversary 5K Run

The North Brunswick High School JROTC Battalion host the JROTC/ROTC 100th Anniversary 5K Fun Run at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC. Participants receive a commemorative T-shirt celebrating 100 years of JROTC service to America. Proceeds go towards JROTC programs.

Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.
Race admission is $24.00, spectating is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Brunswick Forest
1007 Evangeline Drive
Leland, NC 28451

Carolina Beach Longboard Surf Club Contest

The Carolina Beach Longboard Club presents the inaugural Carolina Beach Longboard Club Surf Contest at the Hamlet Avenue access in Carolina Beach, NC.

Saturday, April 23rd at 8:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Carolina Beach (Hamlet Ave Beach Access)
Hamlet Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Carolina Cup SUP Race

The Carolina Cup SUP Race in Wrightsville Beach features a Harbor Island 3.5-mile race (Saturday, 9am), a Money Island 7-mile race (Saturday, 9:30am), the Graveyard Elite 13-mile race (Saturday, 10am), and Kids Races (Sunday, 11am, and 1pm).

Saturday, April 23rd – Sunday, April 24th, see event times above.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wrightsville Beach (Banks Channel)
Banks Channel
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

7th Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls

The North Carolina Chapter (Wilmington area) of the US National Committee for UN Women presents the 7th Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls at Hugh MacRae Park (Shelter #5).

Sunday, April 24th at 1PM.
Admission is $15.00 to $20.00, kids 12 and under are free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Hugh MacRae Park
314 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Shopping & Expos

The Myrtle Grove Market

This bi-annual event features more than 30 vendors selling everything from plants, handmade jewelry, home goods, vintage, antiques, repurposed items and other goodies.

Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM.
Admission is one canned good.
For more information, visit the event website.

Myrtle Grove Market
6334 Myrtle Grove Road
Wilmington, NC 28409

Spring Bridal Mixer

The Spring Bridal Mixer at the New Hanover County Arboretum features vendors, tours of the gardens, and prizes.

Saturday, April 23rd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arboretum’s website.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Bring the Kids

The Little Mermaid

Coastal Christian High School in Wilmington, NC, presents The Little Mermaid, a musical including a cast of approximately 45 actors, crew and musical accompaniment students.

Friday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 24th at 7:00 PM. Sunday’s performance is at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $8.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the school’s website.

Coastal Christian High School
709 George Anderson Drive
Wilmington, NC 28412

Brits at the Beach Car Show

The 18th Annual Brits at the Beach Car Show at Wrightsville Beach Park features classic and vintage vehicles.

Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Wrightsville Beach Park
321 Causeway Drive
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Relay For Life Carnival

Join the Relay For Life Carnival for carnival games, food, live entertainment, chance drawings and more. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer.

Saturday, April 23rd at 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Pkwy
Wilmington, NC 28412

Butterfly Bungalow Grand Opening

The Butterfly Bungalow Grand Opening at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a chance to view exotic butterflies from all over the world, see a butterfly release (11am), and go home with a butterfly friendly plant.

Saturday, April 23rd beginning at 9:00 AM.
Admission is $8.95 – $10.95.
For more information, visit the Aquarium website.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Coastal Carolina Trainfest

The Coastal Carolina Trainfest features examples of model railroads from six participating clubs including more than 15 operating layouts, clinics, demos, and vendors.

Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 24th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Coastline Convention Center
503 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Flytrap Folic

This event features educational and family-friendly tours, interactive touch boxes to learn how different carnivorous plants hunt their prey, guest predator appearances by local raptors and snakes, flytrap crafts and face painting. Named an official event of the N.C. Science Festival. Free parking at Alderman Elementary School.

Saturday, April 23rd at 9:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website.

Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden
3800 Canterbury Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

7th Annual Family Fun Day at Bellamy Mansion

The 7th Annual Family Fun Day features games, crafts, pony rides, costumed reenactors, storytelling, live music, face painting, puppies, balloon animals, and more. Refreshments, snacks and popcorn for sale.

Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Bellamy Mansion website.

Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

Touch-a-Truck Event

Touch-A-Truck at Independence Mall parking lot features a chance for kids to have a hands-on opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect, and serve the Port City community.

Sunday, April 24th at 12:30 PM.
Admission is $6.00 to $20.00.
For more information, visit the event website.

Independence Mall
3500 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: April 15th – 17th

Wilmington weekend guide (10)

Bring The Kids

Star Party: A Stargazing Event

Take in the beautiful night skies at Carolina Beach State Park! Meet at the visitor center, where there will be telescopes set up for night sky observation.

Friday, April 15th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the parks’ website here.

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Autism Takes Flight

Autism Takes Flight at Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is a special event for children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities. Designed to allow participants and their families to become familiar with traveling through ILM and other airports, participants will have the opportunity to complete a trial-run airport experience, including getting a boarding pass, checking a bag, going through security, waiting at the gate, and viewing a plane. Board Certified Behavior Analysts will be on hand to provide assistance, tips for success and customized material for you to use for future travel.

Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Wilmington International Airport
1740 Airport Blvd
Wilmington, NC 28405

Sailor Saturday

Sailor Saturday at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington features a chance for kids to try on helmets, raise flags, learn how to use semaphore flags and Morse code, and type on vintage typewriters.

Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 AM.
Admission is $6.00 – $14.00.
For more information, visit the Battleship’s website here.

Battleship North Carolina
#1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Green Thumb

Riverfront Farmers’ Market

The Riverfront Farmers’ Market runs each Saturday through November 19th by the Cape Fear River downtown. Enjoy local produce, foods, and goods!

Saturday, April 16th from 8:00 AM to 1 PM.
Admissions is free.
For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Riverfront Farmers’ Market
North Water and Princess Streets
Wilmington, NC 28401

Master Gardener Fundraiser at The New Hanover County Arboretum

The Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum in Wilmington features more than 450 locally grown varieties of greenery including azaleas, Japanese maples, ornamentals, herbs and vegetables, annuals and perennials. Also includes a seed swap and a native plant information booth. Proceeds benefit NHC Cooperative Extension’s educational programs, the Arboretum, and other community based programs.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th. Friday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Arboretum’s website here.

New Hanover County Arboretum
6206 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Pender County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Stop by the Pender Extension Center to browse nursery grown and Master Gardener Volunteer grown vegetables, flowers, houseplants, shrubs, and trees. The event will also include gardening advice and research-based information.

Friday, April 15th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday, April 16th from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Pender County Extension Service
801 S. Walker Street
Burgaw, NC 28425

Horticultural Walking Tour

Oakdale Cemetery presents a Horticultural Walking Tour led by Eelco Tinga and Eric Kozen. Combined, these gentlemen have more than 50 years of horticultural experience and are happy to share their knowledge of the flora of Oakdale. Both Eelco and Eric will tour the grounds showing off the true gems of North Carolina’s first rural garden cemetery.

Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 AM.
Admission is $10.00.
For more information, visit Oakdale Cemetary’s website here.

Oakdale Cemetery
520 North 15th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Arts, Music, Theater & Comics!

Record Story Day at Gravity Records

Record Store Day is a celebration of independent record stores around the world. There are hundreds of limited edition vinyl releases (made available only in select record stores) that come out on Record Store Day. These titles are in limited quantities and are first come first serve. There are no holds for RSD titles. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 8:00 AM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Gravity Records
612 Castle St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear ComicCon

Join Cape Fear ComicCon for all things superheroes, fantasy, and comics! The event features contestants putting individual knowledge of their favorite show, video game, comic, etc against others with their own Nerd Specialty.

Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Wilmington Moose Lodge 343
4610 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28412

An Evening with David Sedaris

Humorist and author David Sedaris performs his uniquely comical story routine at Kenan Auditorium in Wilmington, NC. Mr. Sedaris is a regular contributor to The New Yorker  and to the NPR program This American Life.

Sunday, April 17th at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $25.00 – $60.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

Kenan Auditorium at UNCW
515 Wagoner Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Iration in Concert

Hailing from Hawaii and formed in Santa Barbara, Iration brings their reggae rock jams to the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater this weekend. Listen to their track “Time Bomb” here.

Friday, April 15th at 5:30 PM.
Admission is $25.00 – $100.00.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event website here.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Mousetrap at Cape Fear Playhouse

Big Dawg Productions presents Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap at the Cape Fear Playhouse. The play follows a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm: A newly married couple who run the house; a spinster with a curious background; an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef; a retired Army major; a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift; and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. In comes a policeman, traveling on skis. When someone is killed, the cop probes the background of everyone present.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th. Shows begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Admission is $16.00 – $22.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

Cape Fear Playhouse
613 Castle Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Green Day’s American Idiot at Thalian Hall

Based on the Grammy-winning album of the same name, the musical follows three friends — Johnny, Tunny and Will — struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th. Shows begin at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday and 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Admission is $15.00 – $30.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Tempest presented by Dram Tree Shakespeare

Filled with creatures and spirits, the play is a tale of revenge, love and forgiveness, and includes aerial performers, and more than 200 puppets.

Friday, April 15th – Sunday, April 17th at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $25.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

McEachern’s Warehouse
121 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Get Moving or Just Spectate

30 & Under Tennis League Draft Party

The 30 & Under Tennis League Draft Party at Dig & Dive features a league with matches on Friday nights followed by a group social at a local restaurant/bar. The event includes free food and drinks, ages 21 to 30. Playing begins May 20.

Friday, April 15th at 6:30 PM.
For more information, visit Dig & Dive’s website.

Dig & Dive
3525 Lancelot Lane
Wilmington, NC 28403

Tinted Turtle Trot

This trot features a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Runners and walkers will experience a color explosion at the beginning and end of the race and colorful team names and fun costumes add to the excitement. Proceeds benefit the Island Montessori School FSA.

Saturday, April 16th at 8:30 AM.
Admission is $25.00 – $35.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Mike Chappell Park
501 Dow Road South
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Learn to Curl

Ever wanted to learn how to curl? Coastal Curling will teach you this weekend at Learn to Curl. Beginners start with a half-hour off-ice session going over the basics of the sport: safety, terminology, delivery and more. Then it’s onto the ice for small group instruction on sweeping, delivery, release and finish. Participants will be provided with a half-price return voucher to return for open curling. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and children under the age of 12 are likely to find it difficult to deliver a 40-pound stone the length of the ice.

Saturday, April 16th at 4:00 PM.
Admission is $20.00, spots must be reserved in advance.
For more information and to register, visit Coastal Curling’s website here.

Wilmington Ice House
7201 Ogden Business Lane
Wilmington, NC 28411

SUP Surf Pro-Am

The Wrightsville Beach Museum presents the Hobie & Salt Life SUP Surf Pro-Am at the Oceanic Pier, a two-day Standup Paddle Surfing competition.

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 8:00 AM.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Oceanic Pier Area
Beach Access #36
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

10th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament

The 10th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament benefiting Brigade Boys & Girls Club will be held Saturday at Dig & Dive! Teams of 2 compete in “beach” bocce ball tournament with two flight times available: 10am or 2pm. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of 2 games. All players receive tournament t-shirt & goodie bag!

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 10:00 AM.
Admission to the tournament is $60.00, spectating is free.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Dig & Dive
3525 Lancelot Lane
Wilmington, NC 28403

Race for the Planet 5K

The 7th Annual Race for the Planet 5K celebrates Earth Day and begins and ends at the North Carolina Aquarium. The flat, mostly asphalt course offers excellent views of the ocean, maritime forest and the Fort Fisher Civil War site. Runners and walkers receive free admission to the Aquarium on race day, and organic T-shirts for the first 300 registered.

Sunday, April 17th at 8:00 AM.
Admission is $30.00 to $35.00.
For more information ant to register, visit the event website here.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Oak Island Lighthouse Run

The Oak Island Lighthouse Run features a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on all new courses. All races start and end at Middleton Park Extension.

Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 AM.
Admission is $30.00 – $75.00.
For more information and to register, visit the event website here.

Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field
46th Street & Dolphin Drive
Southport, NC 28461

8th Annual paws4people 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run

paws4people is hosting its 8th Annual 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk at Empie Park, Sunday April 17 at 3 p.m. Prizes awarded to top runners and dog/runner teams in each age category! Race Day will also feature Trolly Stop Hotdogs, raffle prizes, and dog giveaways! paws4people is a local non-profit that places highly trained Assistance Dogs with children and veteran clients at no cost.

Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 PM.
Registration is $10.00 -$33.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Empie Park
3405 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

Wilmington Hammerheads vs. FC Montreal

Root for the home team as they take on FC Montreal at Legion Stadium!

Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $12.00.
For more information, visit the Hammerheads website here.

Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Let’s Eat

Phlock to the Beach: A Buffet Style Beach Bash

Phlock to the Beach: A Buffett Style Beach Bash is held on the apron at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island. Bring a chair or blanket. No outside coolers or beverages. Live music schedule: Mango Boys (3:30-6pm); Coco Loco Party Band (6-9:30pm). The event also includes live animals on display, photo cutout, Art on the Apron, food & drinks, Chinese raffle, cornhole, and contests in Mr. Longitude, Ms. Latitude, Jimmy Buffett Look-A-Like, Grass Skirt Hula, and Hula Hoop.

Saturday, April 16th beginning at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Cape Fear Regional Jetport
4019 Long Beach Road
Oak Island, NC 28461

Wing Fling

The Wing Fling at North Waterfront Park in downtown Wilmington, NC, features more than 15 restaurants and their best efforts at chicken wings. Sampling occurs from 2-4:30pm, and entry fee equals eight wings. Live music with I Am Dynamite, Signal Fire, 2 Docs & a Box, and The Coastal Collective.

Friday, April 16th at 1:00 PM.
Admission is $20.00 to $25.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

North Waterfront Park
5 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Food Truck Rodeo at Ogden Park (Fundraiser)

Chow down at Ogden Park with food and beverage trucks on site. Enjoy cuisine from local favorites like Catch and Poor Piggy’s, plus several others. A portions of proceed will benefit the Skate Park planned for Ogden Park.

Sunday, April 17th from 12:oo PM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Ogden Park
615 Odgen Park Drive
Wilmington, NC 28411

 

If I Could Turn Back Time

Tintype Portraits Day

Tintype Portraits Day at Burgwin-Wright House Museum in Wilmington, NC, features local photographer, Harry Taylor, creating tintype portraits the way they were done in the 1860s — with an antique camera and historic processes.

Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 AM.
Admission (cost of portrait) is $80.00 – $175.00.
For more information, visit the Burgin-Wright House’s website here

Burgwin-Wright House Museum
224 Market Street
Wilmington , NC 28401.

Historic Downtown Marketplace

The Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace sets up Sundays through Oct. 26 and features more than 30 rotating artists for an ever-changing collection of locally made art, jewelry, and handmade items.

Sunday April 17th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

Historic Downtown Marketplace
Front Street
Between Market and Dock
Wilmington, NC 28401

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A Guide to the Unique & Unusual in Wilmington

A Guide to the Unique & Unusual in Wilmington

It may be April Fool’s Day, but these spots in Wilmington are no joke. Since today is a day of jokes and all things unbelievable, we asked our staff to tell us about their most unique or unusual finds in Wilmington. Check out the list below! And, in the spirit of fun, we’ve also included the best reviews we could find along with some personal tips.

Museums & Activities

Museum of the Bizarre

This is perhaps the best $3.00 you can spend in Wilmington. While the museum is small, there’s plenty to see and it is a perfect place to stop when you’re downtown.

201 S Water Street Wilmington, NC 28401
910-399-2641  Website

Most promising review: “It’s been almost 48 hours since my visit to the Museum of Nightmares, and I’m still processing what an amazing experience it was!”

More information: Get a head start on North Carolina ghost stories and urban legends here.

Cape Fear Serpentarium

Yes, this a whole museum of reptiles, and a vast one at that.

20 Orange St, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1669  Website

Most promising review: “You will never in your life find another collection of reptiles as impressive.”
More information: The museum is cash only. If reptiles give you the heebie-jeebies, check out this guide to managing your fear.

Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden

No, they can’t really eat you, but this garden does feature a wide variety of carnivorous plants.

2025 Independence Blvd Wilmington, NC, 28403
(910) 341-7852

Most promising review: “The experience was really cool! It was free, and self-led. I highly recommend checking this place out. Please remember not to pick any of the carnivorous plants- it’s a felony in NC! Imagine having to explain that story to your cell mate if you get caught.”
More information: Avoid being eaten by becoming familiar with local carnivorous plants here.

North Carolina Ukulele Academy

Forget guitar, you’re in a coastal town after all. If you’re in the market for a new ukulele, or if you’re looking to learn how to play, North Carolina Ukulele Academy has you covered.

203 Racine Dr #205, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 538-3419   Website

Most promising review: “One of my favorite places to go to! Kent is great and a wonderful teacher. I love coming here to check out their amazing collection of ukuleles and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. This place will lower your blood pressure, guaranteed.”
More information: Check out the inside of the Academy here. Not familiar with the ukulele sound? Start here.

Athletic & Outdoor Endeavors

Jazzercise

Yes, REALLY. There is a Jazzercise studio off of Oleander Drive where you can break out your best jazz hands (I assume).

5424 Oleander Dr #8, Wilmington, NC 28403
(703) 403-6051  Website

Most promising review: “This is the friendliest workout in town and better than therapy!”
More information: See this beginner’s guide. Alternatively, you could also try Prancercise.

Cape Fear Circus Arts

If you ever wanted to run away with the circus when you were little, you can test your performance chops with a trapeze or aerial skills class (and so much more).

The group offers a diverse array of classes at various Wilmington and Carolina Beach studios, see class descriptions and locations on their website.

704-502-2539  Website  Class Schedule

Most promising review: “The people, the classes, EVERYTHING! I was looking for a fun way to get active again and I’ve found it! Take a class, any of them, one time and you will be addicted!”
More information: Check out their impressive Instagram posts.

Cape Fear Segway

You’ve likely seen Wilmington by foot and by car. But have you seen it by segway? Didn’t think so.

106 North Water St Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 251-2572  Website

Most promising review: “When I first arrived in Wilmington,  I wasn’t too impressed.  But after the Segway tour,  I was very very impressed.”

More information: They also offer demo rides for $25, which provides basic training and a short cruise through part of the riverwalk. Before you go, make sure you know the greatest segway reference in pop culture*.

*Debatable.

 

New Ways to Unwind

Drift & Dream – Offering Floating

I first heard about floating or sometimes called “Floatation Therapy” when looking up things to do after running a half-marathon with my dad in Portland, OR. It was something I was not surprised to find in Portland, but it was definitely an unexpected find in Wilmington. Basically, you get into a tub of water saturated with Epsom salt that allows you to float. You are also in a sound proof room with no lights, which is supposed to provide a meditative experience.

108 N Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 790-0029 Website

Most promising review: “Touched by an angel is an understatement… I found this little jewel when I was looking to recover after a 50k run. I can’t wait to try each treatment offered there.”
More information: Buzzfeed recently had people try floating for the first time. This informational video for first-time floaters (featuring some great mustaches, too).

 

Watering Holes & Good Bites

The Browncoat Pub & Theater

Enjoy live performances or sing your heart out with regular karaoke nights at this downtown bar and entertainment venue.

111 Grace St, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 341-0001 Facebook

Most promising review: “Karaoke every night of the week is insane.”
More information: This guide may help you sing karaoke with more confidence. This list provides the best songs for drunken karaoke. Also of note, the bathroom door at Browncoat Pub is a Tardis.

Saigon Market

One of the most exciting finds we’ve made in Wilmington is Saigon Market. Not only do they offer Asian groceries, they also have a great fresh produce section!

4507 Franklin Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 793-9911  Website

Most promising review: “I can find Indian and Vietnamese specialty items that I can’t find anywhere else in Wilmington. The staff is very nice and friendly. Love the Vietnamese coffee and Café Du Monde, New Orleans coffee in the orange can makes the best (can’t get it anywhere else here).”
More information: Check out this roundup of easy Asian meals you can make at home.

 

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Wilmington Weekend Guide: April 1st – 3rd

Wilmington Weekend Guide (4)

Just Kick It (And Watch Others Do The Work)

Pro Soccer: Wilmington vs. Richmond

The Wilmington Hammerheads take on the Richmond Knickers in their season opener!

Friday, April 1st at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00 – $12.00.
For tickets and more information, visit their website here.

Legion Stadium
2221 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401

Cape Fear Highland Games

Cape Fear Highland Games holds its 2nd annual Highland Games Exhibition behind the IRS Building on Randall Drive in Wilmington, NC. The games feature traditional Scottish events such as Caber Toss, Scottish Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss, Stone Put and more. The event also includes food vendors, a beer tent, and Scottish and traditional vendors.

Saturday, April 2nd at 9:00 AM.
Admission is $8.00 – $10.00, free for children under 11.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the event website here.

Behind IRS Building
3400 Randall Parkway
Wilmington, NC 28403

 

Arts & Entertainment

Dinner Theater: Walking Across Egypt

TheatreNOW  presents Clyde Edgerton’s Walking Across Egypt, a play that follows Wesley, a 16-year-old delinquent who through his uncle, the local dogcatcher, meets Mattie Rigsbee, 78. Wesley comes to live with Mattie and they develop an unlikely relationship. Enjoy the show with our without a meal.

Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM.
Admission is $17.00 to $37.00.
For tickets and more information, visit the event website here.

TheatreNOW
19 South 10th Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Live Music: Justin Fox Duo

Enjoy some rock and blues jams at Flytrap Brewery from Justin Fox Duo. Grab a delicious cold beer from the bar and enjoy bites from Pepe’s Taco Truck who will be onsite beginning at 7:00 PM.

Friday, April 1st at 8:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit their website here.

Flytrap Brewing
319 Walnut Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Fortepiano Recital with Andrew Willis

The Fortepiano Recital with Andrew Willis at Beckwith Recital Hall in Wilmington features the professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $6.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Beckwith Recital Hall at UNCW
5270 Randall Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Live Music The Tremors with The Phantom Boys

Ironclad Brewery in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents an evening of bluegrass and rockabilly with The Tremors and the Phantom Playboys.

Saturday, April 2nd at 9:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit their website here.

Ironclad Brewery
115 North 2nd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Piecework: Quilting and Fiber Arts Show

With Quilters By The Sea Guild, Wilmington’s superb quilting guild, we are creating and presenting what we fully intend to be the coolest quilting and fiber arts show in the Southeast. This is not your grandmother’s quilt show! BAC shows are renowned for being exceptional, full-scale, community events, with food trucks, coffee shop, and the BAC cash bar.

Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM each day.
Admission is $5.00 and tickets are good for both days.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Brooklyn Arts Center
516 North 4th Street
Wilmington , NC 28401

Coastal Living Show

The Wilmington Woman’s Club presents the annual Coastal Living Show at the Schwartz Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College. The event features more than 70 vendors ranging from home improvement companies and landscapers to real estate agents and interior designers. Proceeds go towards various organizations in the Port City area, especially  non-profits that benefit women and children.

Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Schwartz Center
601 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

Plants & Nature

Flytrap Family Fun Day

Flytrap Family Fun Day at Carolina Beach State Park features a celebration of what Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs in 1759 described as a “catch fly sensitive found at Latitude 34” — the famous Venus Flytrap. The event includes crafts, carnivorous plant hikes, an interpreter in period costume, and a trail run. Meet at the Nature Trail Lane parking area.

Saturday, April 2nd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the Park’s website here.

Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Herb & Garden Fair at Poplar Grove Plantation

The grounds of Poplar Grove will be filled with a wonderful  selection of locally grown plants of all types – herbs, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs, native plants, vegetable starts and houseplants, plus garden art & accessories, herbal & all-natural products, artisan crafts & local foods.

Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, April 3rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Admission is $5.00.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Wilmington, NC 28411

DIY Seed Starters

DIY Seed Starters is a chance for kids to create their own garden starter. Egg cartons, organic seeds and soil, snacks, and space to work are provided. Please pre-register at customer service.

Sunday, April 3rd at 3:00 PM.
For more information, visit Tidal Creek’s website here.

Tidal Creek Co-op Food Market
5329 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

The Sun Family Fun Affair at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Juneteenth presents Fun in the Sun Family Affair at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC, featuring performances by Darryl Murrill & Jazzpel (pictured), Marsha Graham-Ali and the Warner Temple Band, Father Dale, Trin-a-Thoughtz the Poet, and Jerri Holliday.

Saturday, April 2nd at 5:00 PM.
Admission is $25.00.

Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheater Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

 

For A Great Cause

Spring Book Sale

It’s time for the Friends of the Library Book Sale, when used books, CDs, and DVDs for adults and children will flood the auditorium and lobby of the Northeast Regional Library. Most of these items have been donated by the community, and all NHC libraries accept donations of used books and audiovisual items throughout the year. The sale is a biannual fundraiser for NHC Library that is staffed by the Friends of the Library.

Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Sunday, April 3rd from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Admission is free. Items will be priced from $1.00 to $3.00.
For more information, visit the event page here.

Northeast Regional Library
1241 Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Murder Mystery: Who Killed Dorothy Dingle?

The Murder Mystery: Who Killed Dorothy Dingle? features a chance for the audience to help solve the comic mystery! Proceeds go toward building the Holly Ridge Liberty Fountain Park to honor veterans.

Friday, April 1st at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 2nd at 3:00 PM.
Admission is $10.00.

Holly Ridge Community Center
404 Sound Road
Holly Ridge, NC 28445

Canines for Service Walk & Dog Dash

Canines for Service 10th Annual Walk & Dog Dash at Hugh MacRae Park (Shelter #5) in Wilmington, NC, is a chance to form a team with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers, lace up the sneakers, and leash up your dog.  The event also includes raffles, a photo booth, activities, vendors and lunch from Mission BBQ. Canines for Service is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and enhanced quality of life and to improving people’s lives through the services of specially trained assistance dogs.

Saturday, April 2nd at 10:00 AM.
Registration is $25.00.
To register and for more information, visit the event page here.

Hugh MacRae Park
314 Pine Grove Drive
Wilmington, NC 28409

Step Up For Soldiers Benefit at Fermental

An event to help support veterans while you can enjoy cold beer and great food? Count me in. Stop by Fermental for tastings from Wilmington Brewing Company, a visit from Stamey’s Barbecue Food Truck of Greensboro, and live music with Americana folk artist, Jason Ashby, performing on guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

Saturday, April 2nd at 5:00 PM.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit the event website here.

Fermental
7250-B Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411

Clicks4Paws

Clicks4Paws offers a chance to have your four-legged, furry family member pose for professional portraits (just your pet, or include the family). Sessions are donation based and approximately 15 minutes, and you will receive up to five digital files.  Make an appointment by email, or just show up sometime during either the morning (9-11am) or afternoon (3-6pm) sessions. Funds go to paws4people, a public charity that places trained Assistance Dogs (ADs) with individuals with physical, neurological, psychological and/or emotional disabilities, including civilians and veterans.

Sunday, April 3rd beginning at 9:00 AM.
By donation.
To make a reservation and for more information, visit the event page here.

Empie Park
3405 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403

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National Clams on The Half Shell Day

It’s National Clams on the Half Shell Day and with random national days gaining popularity over the last few years, we’re not surprised this exists. Although we did have an office debate over clams, particularly raw clams. Some of us appreciate them, others will only enjoy them cooked. However, we are all in agreement that Wilmington has some great spots for seafood, raw and cooked alike. Check out some of our favorite spots to enjoy a fresh catch below!

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1. Shuckin’ Shack

When you need a bucket or basket of seafood, Shuckin Shack is the place to go to. They offer a variety of steamed and raw plates, along with sandwiches and traditional seafood fare.

Various locations in the Port City area. Find the closest shack here.
Check out their website here.

2. Dock Street Oyster Bar

Dock Street may be closer to the river, but the restaurant provides a beachy ambiance that compliments their raw bar and steamed offerings. It’s a great little place to stop after a day of shopping downtown.

12 Dock St, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-2827   Website

3. Fish Bites Sea Food

Fish Bites is a casual yet cute restaurant in Carolina Beach, cozied up against a retail fish market (yes, there’s a lobster tank). Their menu is a seafood lover’s dream with its vast offerings from raw bar classics to fresh entrees and pasta dishes.

6132-11 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 791-1117  Website

4. Cape Fear Seafood Company

Cape Fear Seafood Company was one of the first seafood places recommended to us and it is easy to see why. With a great atmosphere (perfect for date nights!), attentive staff, and great dishes and cocktails, Cape Fear Seafood Company is always a great choice.

5226 S College Rd #5, Wilmington, NC 28412
(910) 799-7077    Website

5. Catch

Talk to any Wilmington local and they’ll likely hold Catch in high regards. With fun takes on the classics and dishes as delicious as they are colorful, Catch is a spot that never gets old. You can keep an eye out for Catch the food truck, or find their restaurant on Market Street with a tongue in cheek sign letting you know that, “Yes you are at the right place.”

6623 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 799-3847   Website

6. Surf House

Look no further than Surf House for sustainable seafood and farm-to-table fare served in a modern and fun location. Their dishes and cocktails are just as delicious as they are visually stunning.

604 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 707-0422   Website

7. Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

What’s better than enjoying dinner with an ocean view? Not much, if you ask us. And at Ocean Grill, their seafood dishes and cocktails will impress you just as much as the view does. (Pass me a Mai Tai).

1211 South Lake Park Boulevard Carolina Beach, NC 28428
910-458-2000  Website

 

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